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I was born in Kendallville, IN, in 1983. I studied sculpture and woodworking at Ball State University with Kenton Hall and Pat Nelson. Throughout my undergraduate career, I developed a love for sculpture and woodworking that has grown into a life-long interest. I graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, IN with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Sculpture in 2006. I am continuously honing my skills and learning new techniques to incorporate into my art as my artistic career progresses. I
My current series, Figurative and Functional Furniture, incorporates elements of the human figure into functional furniture using an innovative wood-inlay technique. My works do not depict the figure as a whole, but often take inspiration from smaller parts of the body that are then abstracted and simplified. I utilize aspects of wood itself, such as wood grain, to emphasize figurative elements within each sculpture.
My current series began with my undergraduate thesis but has continued to change and grow as I discover new techniques and take inspiration from new sources. Mondurla, 2006 marked a turning point in my artistic career. In the creation of Mondurla, I discovered the freedom and simplicity that working with wood allows an artist. Organic curves, exotic wood, unity, and abstractions are the key elements of my current work. I use wood-inlay to create lines, definition, and color in a similar fashion to a painter.
Sincerus Bronze Art Center, Bronze Foundry, Indianapolis, IN – 2006-2008
Re-Directional Sign & Design, Custom Cabinet Maker, Indianapolis, IN – 2007
Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN – Advanced Woodworking Class – Fall 2006
Artist Member of the Hoosier Salon – 2009 to present
Artist Level Member of the Indianapolis Art Center – 2006 to present
Indianapolis Art Center – Annual Student Show, Professional Division, Spring 2007
Rockler Woodworking Award
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